Are you doing it this year? If so, why? If not, why?
Those are fair questions. The thought of writing 50,000 words a day may seem wild and crazy, but it’s not that bad. The hard part for NaNo is the forcing feeling that we get, knowing the clock is ticking, working against us as time always does.
But that’s easy to conquer.
Come into NaNo with a plan. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants… have the story, the title, an idea for the cover and concept. Hell, bring notes and an outline. Yes, here I am, the outline guy now. But let me just say this… last week, I made a goal for myself to write 30,000 in a week. That’s a crazy goal, but I did it.
I had outlines with me. I made detailed outlines and was able to switch back and forth and just write, moving the story forward. I also was able to bounce around the book without compromising the story, which is huge for me.
Approach NaNo the same way. Don’t fear it, but embrace it. Some people go into to kick themselves a kick in the ass to write. There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s also people who feel that those 50,000 words may not matter… because how could you write so much so fast. I laugh at that because if you come prepared, those words WILL count.
Smashwords this year has linked up with NaNo, which is cool. I’m looking into it and if all goes to plan, I’ll link my book to their program. You’ll be able to read mine and Jack Roth’s book as we write it. It’ll unedited, possibly horrible, but it will be longer than 50,000 words. That means if you want to read the ending, you’ll have to buy it!
NaNo is fun, exciting, and it’s a great site to meet some new people. Get involved with your groups and help each other out. If you make the mark, good for you. If you don’t, then keep writing. And just because November 30 ends doesn’t mean your writing should either. To hit that 30,000 goal, it’s only about 1,500 words a day. Two years ago that seemed impossible to me. Right now, my average word count per day is around 3,000. Again, when people say how? I tell them that I have (1) outlines and (2) a long list of story ideas. I have three notebooks full of ideas… from short to novels to series.
I think it’s fun to go into NaNo as a small press author/publisher. Right now, going in, I know what I write will end up for sale. That’s exciting for me… and hell, it’s a motivator for sure. I know that once NaNo is done – and the book is done – I’ll be able edit it, format it, and put it out there for sale. And like I said, I’m not banking on the book being 50,000 words. That’s a good start for myself and Jack Roth… I’m sure it’ll be longer by some.
So again, I’ll ask… who’s doing NaNo? Why? Who’s skipping it? Why?